I have been asked to go and perform some music at the New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival in July. In terms of pure fun, career progression, networking and exposure it looks like it could be astounding! To give this a bit of context, I live in Wales (UK).
Earlier this year I was commissioned by Bangor Music Festival to compose and perform a piece of electroacoustic music / sonic art. (Here is a link to a stereo mix-down of the surround sound piece and a bit of writing about it on my blog )This concert went really well and the piece is now available on iTunes, Spotify etc and is beginning to get noticed.
I have now been asked to give the work a repeat performance on the other side of the Atlantic. My performance would comprise of diffusion the piece in the Abrons Arts Centre New York - 466 Grand St, Lower East Side, using their 16 channel surround sound auditorium. This performance would take place as part of a week-long series of concerts which also includes practice and rehearsal time in the venue. This will not only further develop my creative performance practice by merit of doing so in another place but will give me the opportunity to learn from, perform to and engage with world experts in the field, while sharing a bit of UK culture with the outside world.
The festival is happy to provide accommodation etc but I would need to cover my travel and subsistence.
At the moment I can’t afford to get there. I have applied for various arts/music/culture grants but don't know if I will be successful so I am trying this to see if I can make it to New York with a little help from friends incase that doesn't come through ;)
It would mean a massive amount to me, both on a personal (especially if you read the blog entry about the piece) and professional level if I could get there.
Many many thanks